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Lapsus reissues Ed Chamberlains's classic Baselogic releases. They're all going for silly amounts on Discogs but regardless of that, this is great music that more than deserves a reissue.

In 2006 the now defunct BaseLogic label released the first in a triad of EP's entitled 'Fixxy', produced by the enigmatic British artist Ed Chamberlain. These EPs left many electronic music lovers scratching their heads, having heard something genuinely different. It represented a new generation of IDM reminiscent of The Black Dog or Plaid, melancholic electro with a meticulous nuanced palate that immediately transformed Chamberlain into a revered figure. Fifteen years on Lapsus Records, as part of its 'Perennial' series, will release Ed Chamberlain’s superlative productions across 2 x 12", entitled '03/06'. The lavish 12” double pack will feature a sizeable part of the ‘Fixxy’ material, along with additional tracks created during the same period of time, 2003 – 2006, including 'Zarathustra' and 'Does Ape' -the latter released on vinyl in 2008 by Madrid label Semantica. For this special release all tracks have been re-mastered and will be pressed and packaged in a deluxe edition format.



TRACK LISTING

A1. Styge
A2. Synthia (edit)
A3. Fixxy Gnepz
B1. Does Ape (edit)
B2. Dave
B3. Resistant (edit)
C1. Trapeze (edit)
C2. Gutz
C3. Zarathustra
D1. A Friendly Warning
D2. No November 8th 2003 (alt Edit)
D3. Charly

In the beginning, there was just a box of tapes and “Fate’s Gentle Hand”

It was the autumn of 2010, and an anonymous figure known only as the Head Technician, an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services ('Magnetically aligning ferrous particles since 1970'), found himself at an auction in the village of Coldred, pop. 110. He was on the hunt for tobacco pipes when he chanced across a trio of boxes listed in the auction catalog, which described their contents only as 'archived magnetic recordings'. The sole bidder, he won the lot, and upon receipt of his purchase took possession of an unspecified number of mouldering cassettes and ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The collection contained no identifying information save for a single phrase scrawled on each box: “Black Mill Sessions”. And so, armed with razors, eyedroppers, and a bevy of solid-state circuitry, the Head Technician sat down at his machines and got to work.

Whether anyone believed it or not, this was the framing device surrounding Pye Corner Audio’s "Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards", which took the mysterious tactics of artists like Boards of Canada and Burial and raised them exponentially. Much like the narrator of a 19th century novel, the anonymous Head Technician purported merely to be the messenger of secondhand sounds. These were not compositions, we were told; they were tape transfers - 'transcriptions' of an unknown author, slathered in electronic voodoo, black majik circuit bends and hinting at that cult-philosophical stance that perhaps the Ancient Egyptians were much more civilized than we initially thought - perhaps harnessing electricity from thin air and colluding with extra-dimensional beings some 10,000 years ago... who knows? but the music contained here is like some embryonically DNA-strand that could well have existed in our (artificial)intelligence since our evolution began. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: The final (!!!) part of PCA's "Black Mill" series. DO NOT SLEEP cultists! Pye Corner Audio is one of the head sorcerers of electro-voodoo and this concluding part of his epic opus cannot be missed!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Became Self Aware
A2. Exhumed
A3. Electronic Rhythm Number Thirteen
A4. Theme Number Five
B1. Return To Synth Mountain
B2. Arlonica
B3. Theme Sixty Eight

Pye Corner Audio

Black Mill Tapes (10th Anniversary Box Set)

    In the beginning, there was just a box of tapes and “Fate’s Gentle Hand.”

    It was the autumn of 2010, and an anonymous figure known only as the Head Technician, an employee of Pye Corner Audio Transcription Services (“Magnetically aligning ferrous particles since 1970”), found himself at an auction in the village of Coldred, pop. 110. He was on the hunt for tobacco pipes when he chanced across a trio of boxes listed in the auction catalog, which described their contents only as “archived magnetic recordings.” The sole bidder, he won the lot, and upon receipt of his purchase took possession of an unspecified number of mouldering cassettes and ¼" reel-to-reel tapes. The collection contained no identifying information save for a single phrase scrawled on each box: “Black Mill Sessions.” And so, armed with razors, eyedroppers, and a bevy of solid-state circuitry, the Head Technician sat down at his machines and got to work.

    Whether anyone believed it or not, this was the framing device surrounding Pye Corner Audio’s Black Mill Tapes Volume I: Avant Shards, which took the mysterious tactics of artists like Boards of Canada and Burial and raised them exponentially. Much like the narrator of a 19th century novel, the anonymous Head Technician purported merely to be the messenger of secondhand sounds. These were not compositions, we were told; they were tape transfers—“transcriptions” of an unknown author, slathered with hiss and thick with ambiguity. “Some of the tapes displayed an unusual amount of degradation and …an unsettling amount of background noise, whether electrical in nature, or otherwise,” wrote the Head Technician. “I chose to edit around the worst of the unusual break-ups, but some still remain.”

    It was a good yarn, and the music was better still. Like his contemporaries Demdike Stare and Ghost Box, Pye Corner Audio seemed to be tapping into some hidden energy current, channeling spirits via electrical means. The pioneering transmissions of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop could be detected lurking within the music’s staticky swirl; so could the ominous throb of John Carpenter’s film soundtracks. Drones and flutes commingled with chugging machine beats; miasmic clouds of haunted tone alternated with death disco. It all sounded eerie, otherworldly, possibly occult—yet also, in tracks like the glimmering “We Have Visitors,” accented with a hint of mischief.

    Over the next few years, Martin Jenkins—for that, after all, was the Head Technician’s name—would go on to release three more volumes of Black Mills Tapes. Among the dozens of releases he has put out since 2010, they remain among the most beloved in his catalog. Those original, digital-only releases—a rarity when they came out—reappeared on cassette, courtesy Seattle’s Further Records, in 2012; in 2012 and 2014, the now-defunct Type label would anthologize all four volumes. Now, 10 years after Avant Shards first appeared, Lapsus collects all four volumes —now remastered— along with a fifth disc of unreleased material and a limited booklet. The musical landscape has changed considerably in the past decade, but what is remarkable about the Black Mills Tapes material is that it hasn’t aged a day; its retro-futurist transmissions sound just as mysteriously compelling as they did the first time around. While they purport to faithfully transcribe the sound of yesterday’s technology, they end up being something more: a record of what we wish the past sounded like—a rickety tape transfer of desire itself, spooled and boxed, just awaiting discovery. 

    TRACK LISTING

    Disc 1 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 1: Avant Shards
    Disc 2 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 2: Do You Synthesize?
    Disc 3 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 3: All Pathways Open
    Disc 4 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 4: Dystopian Vectors
    Disc 5 - Black Mill Tapes Volume 1: The Lost Tapes

    Full Tracklisting

    1. Volume 1 - Transmission One: Lonesome Vale 01:50
    2. Volume 1 - We Have Visitors 03:50
    3. Volume 1 - Folk Festival 01:06
    4. Volume 1 - Electronic Rhythm Number Three 05:00
    5. Volume 1 - A Dark Door 02:21
    6. Volume 1 - Theme Number Four 02:06
    7. Volume 1 - Electronic Rhythm Number Eight 05:06
    8. Volume 1 - Building Twelve, Room One 01:29
    9. Volume 1 - Theme Number Nine 02:34
    10. Volume 1 - Transmission Three: Briar Lane 01:53
    11. Volume 1 - Gathering 03:35

    12. Volume 2 - Mirror Sequence 02:45
    13. Volume 2 - Electronic Rhythm Number Seven 03:41
    14. Volume 2 - Transmission Four: Crooked Hill 04:21
    15. Volume 2 - Electronic Rhythm Number Four 03:50
    16. Volume 2 - Through The King's Wood 02:10
    17. Volume 2 - Recrypt 04:04
    18. Volume 2 - Theme Number Six 01:09
    19. Volume 2 - Toward Light 07:46
    20. Volume 2 - Sine Times Nine 02:46
    21. Volume 2 - Ecneuqes Rorrim 02:47

    22. Volume 3 - Pathway Six 02:29
    23. Volume 3 - Electronic Rhythm Number Five 05:03
    24. Volume 3 - Transmission Seven: Pathways Open 01:57
    25. Volume 3 - Inside The Wave 04:55
    26. Volume 3 - Memory Wiped 01:32
    27. Volume 3 - Building Obscured By Mist 02:11
    28. Volume 3 - Electronic Rhythm Number One 05:51
    29. Volume 3 - Foreshadowed 01:53
    30. Volume 3 - Hexden Channel 07:15
    31. Volume 3 - Transmission Two: Pathways Closed 01:08
    32. Volume 3 - Electronic Rhythm Number Eighteen 07:32
    33. Volume 3 - Theme Number Eight 01:53

    34. Volume 4 - Transmission Five: The Old Place 01:36
    35. Volume 4 - Dystopian Vector Part One 05:54
    36. Volume 4 - Transmission Thirteen: Line Of Sight 01:04
    37. Volume 4 - Electronic Rhythm Number Nine 04:48
    38. Volume 4 - Theme Number Seven 03:22
    39. Volume 4 - Electronic Rhythm Number Two 03:33
    40. Volume 4 - Electronic Rhythm Number Twelve 06:06
    41. Volume 4 - Transmission Nine: Black Light 02:53
    42. Volume 4 - Void Bound 05:04
    43. Volume 4 - Dystopian Vector Part Two 03:04
    44. Volume 4 - Evil Surrounds 04:45
    45. Volume 4 - Cont No Stop 03:07

    46. Volume 5 - Became Self Aware
    47. Volume 5 - Exhumed
    48. Volume 5 - Electronic Rhythm Number Thirteen
    49. Volume 5 - Theme Number Five 04:11
    50. Volume 5 - Return To Synth Mountain
    51. Volume 5 - Arlonica
    52. Volume 5 - Theme Sixty Eight

    Suzanne Ciani

    A Sonic Womb: Live Buchla Performance At Lapsus

    Suzanne Ciani is a true electronic music pioneer. The five Grammy nominated Italian-American neoclassical composer is unquestionably one of the greatest minds that contemporary music has ever witnessed. After an incredible career spanning forty years, Ciani’s accomplishments have become a benchmark when discussing the origins of musical synthesis. For more than four decades she developed a body of work that transcends the music industry, composing for film, video games and famous advertising campaigns that have impacted popular culture. On December 14, 2019, after six years of sound experimentation, Lapsus Festival bid farewell to Barcelona’s Centre for Contemporary Culture. Its final event was entitled 'A Sonic Womb' and was dedicated to the musical roots of the synthesizer, with Suzanne Ciani headlining on the night. Ciani performed an exclusive show accompanied by her modular Buchla 200e synthesizer and enveloped in a specially designed multi-channel sound environment by Intorno Labs. It was a sonic voyage to the very heart of her beloved machine and a tribute to improvisation through an instrument that is said to possess its own soul. Suzanne described the night as ”an improvisation that I began using in the ’70s and continue to use now as raw material. Each performance based on this material has its own expression and one could liken it to jazz." It’s a work of singular, epic greatness and serves to document the evolution of this Ciani’s visionary work through the decades.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. A Sonic Womb Part I
    B2. A Sonic Womb Part II

    Kettel

    Myam James 2 - 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

    Lapsus Records present the fourth release in its 'Perennial' series, dedicated to reissuing classic and timeless pieces from established contemporary electronic music artists.

    Following the successful reissue of "Myam James Part I" in 2018, Lapsus Records once again turns to cult producer Kettel aka Reimer Eising to offer the second installment of his stunning work that in 2019, also marks ten years since its original release date on Dutch label Sending Orbs.

    "Myam James 2" was the much anticipated continuation of a work that revolutionized the IDM scene and ten years on it sounds as fresh and current as ever. Although it was created as a conceptual extension to its prequel, on this occasion the album’s acid lines seem to develop in a way that allows space for melodic ambient passages and more intimate compositions, revealing Eising’s classical training and incorporating instruments including the cello and acoustic piano. The "Mayam James 2" blueprint is extraordinary, with energetic braindance and electro tracks interlaced with sonic interludes, often reminiscent of French minimalism and impressionism - - "Shinjuku Inn", "Sauce" and "Song From 4pm Herring" are good examples of this.

    Tenth anniversary of this audio treasure with a special collector's edition double vinyl pressing, re-mastered by Xavier Alarcón and accompanied by a lithographic print from the original artwork by illustrator Jeroen Advocaat. This deluxe reissue will also contain two unreleased tracks produced at the time of the album’s original release: "Boltklap" and "Lisenlily".


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Mega LP that both me and Barry are firmly behind. The perfect blend of acoustic simplicity and brain-tickling electronics with a nice expansive and optimistic view throughout.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Kingscourt Imp
    A2. Shinjuku Inn
    A3. Michael Space Airlines
    A4. Cherie
    A5. Pers Patrys
    B1. Boekebaas
    B2. You Understand This Night
    B3. Nicola
    B4. Sentiment
    B5. Song From Toverpeeks
    C1. Begging For A Herring
    C2. Hymnuh
    C3. Verkens In London
    C4. Sauce
    C5. Song From 4pm Herring
    C6. Lisenlily
    D1. Kitana
    D2. Boltklap
    D3. Memory Steps
    D4. Fish Creek


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